Shimano’s new CI4+ Stradic

Shimano Brings Enhanced C14+ to New Stradic Spinning Reel Line-Up

IRVINE, Calif. – Whether it’s lightweight finesse fishing for bass, or the need to make quick casts to schooling redfish or bonefish in the salt, anglers are introduced to lighter, more rigid spinning reels with the new Shimano Stradic CI4+ series. With ultra-light frames and sideplates constructed with Shimano’s new CI4+ reinforced carbon fiber, a superlight CI4+ Magnumlite rotor and spool, and X-Ship technology for power efficiency, the new Stradic CI4+ line-up includes the microcline-designated STCI4-1000FAML, the STCI4-1000FA, STCI4-2500FA, STCI43000FA and STCI44000FA.

Shimano originally developed its ‘Carbon Interfusion’ process for higher-end bicycle components to make brake brackets and front chain rings lighter and more durable. “On our fishing side, lighter and more durable is always a goal for fishing reels,” said Robby Gant with Shimano’s product development staff. “When we introduced the first CI4 material in Stradic reels in 2009, they were extremely well received by anglers – plus earned ICAST ‘Best of Show’ honors that year. By using our new CI4+ material, along with X-Ship and the Magnumlite rotor and spool, we’re able to take the light and durable concept to another lever.”

Along with the fishing comfort from lighter material, and having the durability and power to handle bigger fish – plus resist any possible corrosion from use in saltwater, anglers can make quick, easy adjustments with Shimano’s Rapid Fire Drag (not featured on the STCI4-1000FAML). The new Stradic reels also feature Shimano’s Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, Propulsion Line Management System and six shielded A-RB anti-rust ball bearings. Anglers will also appreciate the lightweight, high density EVA handle grip – a paddle shape on the 1000 and 2500 size reel, and sure-grip round knob on 3000 and 4000 size.

Additional features on the Stradic CI4+ reels include Shimano’s Aero Wrap II Oscillation System to provide uniform line lay and winding shape, a waterproof front drag, a maintenance port, Fluidrive II, Dyna-Balance, Super Stopper II and a repairable clicker. Both 1000 size, the 2500 and 3000 reels have 6.0:1 gear ratios, while the larger 4000 size has a 5.8:1 gear ratio.

For ultra light line finesse fishing – great fun to target small stream trout or hooking into bluegill and crappies, the micro line STCI4-1000FAML is designed strictly for braided line use and can hold 180 yards of three-pound test. Primarily for freshwater use, the STCI4-1000FA handles 85-yards of 15-pound test PowerPro braid, or 140-yards of eight-pound monofilament. Both reels will crank in 29-inches line per handle rotation.

For fishing situations in both fresh and saltwater, the STCI4-25000FA holds 145-yards of 15-pound PowerPro and retrieves 34-inches of line per crank; the STCI3000FA – 35-inches of line per crank – handles 145-yeards of 20-pound PowerPro; while the STCI4-4000FA holds 175-yards of 30-pound test and reels in 37-inches of line per crank.

“At Shimano, we know anglers always look to us for the next innovation in fishing tackle. With CI4+ we take lightweight and durability another step forward,” said Gant, “with spinning reels that have the utmost in sensitivity for finesse fishing, plus can handle the saltwater environment for inshore coastal action in the Gulf or in the tropics on the flats.”

Shimano’s new CI4+ Stradic

MSRP: Stradic CI4 1000FAML, 1000FA, 2500FA – $219.99; 3000FA – $229.99; 4000FA – $239.99

Line Capacity Specs:
Stradic CI4-1000FAML
PowerPro braid – 3#/180 yards; 4#/150 yards; 5#/120 yards

Stradic CI41000FA
Monofilament – 2#/270 yards; 4#/140 yards; 6#/110 yards
PowerPro braid – 10#/95 yards; 15#/85 yards; 20#/65 yards

Stradic CI42500FA
Monofilament – 6#/200 yards; 8#/140 yards; 10#/120 yards
PowerPro braid – 10#/170 yards; 15#/145 yards; 30#/95 yards

Stradic CI43000FA
Monofilament – 6#/230 yards; 8#/170 yards; 10#/140 yards
PowerPro braid – 10#/235 yards; 20#/145 yards; 40#/110 yards

Stradic CI44000FA
Monofilament – 8#/240 yards; 10#/200 yards; 12#/160 yards
PowerPro braid – 15#/265 yards; 30#/175 yards; 50#/145 yards

For more information on the new Stradic CI4+ spinning reels, visit the Shimano web site – http://fish.shimano.com – call Shimano’s product support team at 877/577-0600 (6 am to 5 pm Pacific Standard Time).